New PDF release: Alexander Robey Shepherd: The Man Who Built the Nation's

By John P. Richardson,Tony Williams

ISBN-10: 0821422499

ISBN-13: 9780821422496

ISBN-10: 0821422502

ISBN-13: 9780821422502

With Alexander Robey Shepherd, John P. Richardson supplies us the 1st full-length biography of his topic, who as Washington, D.C.’s, public works czar (1871–74) outfitted the infrastructure of the nation’s capital in a couple of frenetic years after the Civil conflict. the tale of Shepherd is additionally the tale of his native land after that cataclysm, which left town with churned-up streets, stripped of its timber, and exhausted.

An intrepid businessman, Shepherd grew to become president of Washington’s reduce condominium of delegates at twenty-seven. Garrulous and politically astute, he used each lever to cajole Congress to gain Peter L’Enfant’s imaginative and prescient for the capital. His tenure produced paved and graded streets, sewer platforms, timber, and gaslights, and remodeled the fetid Washington Canal into one of many city’s so much stately avenues. After bankrupting town, a chastened Shepherd left in 1880 to improve silver mines in western Mexico, the place he lived out his last twenty-two years.

In Washington, Shepherd labored on the confluence of race, celebration, sector, and concrete improvement, in a microcosm of the USA. decided to prevail in any respect expenses, he helped strength Congress to simply accept its accountability for upkeep of its stepchild, the nation’s capital city.

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